Many years ago, Conny photographed a young golden eagle from one of his hides. It was ringed, and he managed to get a picture of the ring, telling him that the bird was native to Finland. “Local, territorial eagles roughed it up, and as it hopped over the marsh, badly battered, I thought to myself that I had probably seen it for the last time…”
Most people who come here are looking for the winter landscape, says Conny, carefully blowing on the hot coffee in his cup. Conny is a wilderness photographer. Stationed in Kalvträsk and specialised in photographing the golden eagle. He has made a name for himself with his often extreme close-ups of the mighty birds.
– As long as you are careful, there is almost no limit to how close you can get, he says and tells the story of how he has photographed eagles, with a handheld camera, as close as barely half a metre – then using a wide-angle lens.
– We normally take pictures at a distance of about six, seven metres – using a tele lens – if we’re doing portrait photography. Still, it is just as important to offer opportunities to photograph the animals in a genuine winter environment.